Permanently Closed - The Meatball Shop - Washington DC 14th ST

4.6
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27 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Meatball Shop serves the best meatballs in the world with a mix and match menu utilizing sustainable and natural ingredients whenever possible. But The Meatball Shop serves way more than just meatballs! Highlights from their hit menu include seasonal veggies, market driven salads, sandwiches, handmade ice cream sandwiches, craft cocktails and an approachable wine program.

The vibe of this DC restaurant is always fun, upbeat and lively! Perfect for a night on the town or a family dinner with kids. Think the best dinner party you've ever been to with the comforting feeling of being at Grandma's.

With drinks and desserts a-plenty, The Meatball Shop makes the perfect casual stop for digging in to a hearty meal or a healthy bite, refreshing drink and mouthwatering dessert with family and friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 11:30–23:00
Fri 11:30–01:00
Sat 11:00–01:00
Sun 11:00–23:00
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Phone number
(202) 684-8564
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
For Private Parties , visit www.themeatballshop.com and click on Group Events.
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Catering
For our Catering options, visit www.themeatballshop.com and click on Catering.
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Cross Street
14th St between R and S
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was even better!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Loud! The rest was good!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella the waitress was amazing!!

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cute restaurant, food was good a little salty and tasted like it had been frozen . Staff was good. Best Bloody Mary I’ve had in years.

ED
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Really great food and customer service and atmosphere. Will definitely come back! for all food types / diets etc.

NN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Was looking forward to checking this location out, completely under whelmed. Decor was to simple and food was basic.

K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and overall fun atmosphere. If your love meatballs with a new fancy new twist this is your place. Our server Ryan was very attentive and made us feel like family from the moment we walked in. So many delicious options hard to choose the best but would highly recommend the giant meatball trio stuffed with spaghetti noodles each with its own sauce and the crab cake meatball appetizer. Sangria is light and refreshing as well. Our teenagers also loved this place with enough tasty options to please the whole family.

A
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good and there were great happy hour specials. We were one of only a few patrons at the restaurant which led to an abundance of staff attention. Better than the alternative, but we were interrupted by various wait staff every couple of minutes for our entire meal.

DN
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, I've already shared it on social media and told plenty of my friends about it. The food was stupendous and the music was great. Can't wait to go again.

TJ
Baltimore
83 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome change of pace! Delicious meatballs.. excellent service! Sides were as good as the main course.

RV
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but unfortunately the restaurant seems to have strict rules on any deviation from the menu. It’s difficult for the servers to tell customers that and also frustrating for the customer. Would suggest for takeout but the dining experience was subpar because of restaurant rules.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent! I highly recommend the lamb meatballs and anything with the Parmesan cream sauce. The cocktails were great too!

CD
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brought my brother, 6 yo niece and sister-in-law here for dinner. Great food, friendly attentive service. Two thumbs up!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful!

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Poor service, really terrible staff, one waiter so poorly dressed you could see her private parts through her T-shirt

MM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Love the menu- love meatballs. The whole “ballers” thing is a bit much- it’s said too much and it’s a bit uncomfortable. It’s a casual restaurant and I get that but it takes away from how good the food is.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food, amazing staff, super loud dining experience in terms of volume.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a birthday dinner with a group of friends

S
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food, my Family and I went over there last May 12 and still remember, it felts like homemade quality food, not too spicy no overpowered, and the service? even better !!! we want to come back.
A little suggestion? a few pieces of "warm garlic bread"
I highly recommended this pace.
Oscar CJ

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Highly disappointed. Server was polite but not cooperative; took more than 10 minutes to receive an iced tea plus another 5 minutes for a black coffee, despite being one of only three tables with people when the restaurant opened (1100). One of us asked for a substitution, and we were told make no substitutions; so we asked for a different dish with sauce on the side, and we were told she could not even have the sauce on the side! That is not helpful. The server said the reason the sauce could not be on the side is because there was “essentially only one cook.” The cookies in the ice cream sandwich dessert were at least a day old, as they tasted stale and were so dry. Overall, I will not recommend this location to anyone and eat in NYC rather than down the street from my own home in DC.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was great but the price for 4 meatballs was DC prices.

BB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food at the Meatball Shop was good. I’d give the overall experience a great, but every item that was brought to our table was not what we ordered. The staff was delightful, and I’m going to chalk the issue up to the noise level in the restaurant, but the drink I ordered was off, the meatballs delivered were the wrong meat (ordered classic with spicy meat sauce and received chicken with regular sauce and meat sauce on our pork balls, ice cream sandwich for dessert came served on the wrong cookies and we didn’t receive the focaccia that was supposedly served with the meatballs). We didn’t complain because we nonetheless enjoyed the meal. I just will be mindful of this if I’m to return in the future.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I’ve been here twice now and love the ambiance and music - makes for a great trendy atmosphere! I will definitely take friends here however the service is okay. Our food took awhile to arrive and our waitress hardly stopped by our table, only to take our order and to bring our check which was prompted by another server who noticed our table had been cleared for awhile post meal. But the Moscow mule is my favorite cocktail, the mozzarella balls, crab and lobster balls are delish, will still go back.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

The food was hard to swallow. Lacked flavor, meatballs weren't seasoned and the sauces were not pleasing to our palates. We spent $200 for 5 people, 2 people of the 5 only had a sandwich. I would not recommend this place at all. The concept is cute, but the reality is lacking of everything a great dining experience should have. The best part was the service, the staff was great, professional and very friendly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant but too loud

DP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food is OK, but overpriced. Creative plates with all sorts of meatball-based dishes. Not dying to go back.